Nanobloggers: How To Setup WordPress Thesis Theme

If you are into nanoblogging, then you will be using the WordPress Thesis theme.

Watch the video

In the manual, Peter Spaepen says the following:

Please, don’t second guess me on the things I try to teach you in nanobloggers – this works and it works very well, just stick to the plan.

Part of the plan involves building a WordPress blog using the premium, i.e. – paid, Thesis theme.

For some people who buy the Nanoblogger’s guide, this is going to be a stopping point.

That’s where I come in. I’m here to make sure those that purchase the Thesis theme through my affiliate link (yes, I make money) get their blog setup the right way, the way Peter details in the manual.

You’ll have access to my WordPress builder that installs WordPress.

This WordPress builder:

  • sets up the Thesis theme with the correct number of columns (very important for nanobloggers) and width size
  • loads up the custom.css file
  • changes the size of the post box
  • updates the “Update services” to the proper services 🙂
  • modifies the Thesis options (Document Head, Home Page, Bylines, Administration), chooses one of the two recommended fonts, sets the color
  • installs and configures the seven (not just the six mentioned on page 52) plugins
  • sets what gets displayed on the front page along with setting “Blog pages show at most” and “Syndication feeds show the most recent”
  • gets rid of the MAJOR footprint that this setup has

Peter says it usually takes him about a hour, “soup to nuts”, when he starts his nanobloggers WordPress. I suspect that for most people, this won’t be the case. In particular the first few times.

I have been through the process a number of times now and can have WordPress setup to the Nanoblogger specifications in less than 5 minutes on a brand new domain.

Purchase the Thesis through my affiliate link and I’ll give you access to the WordPress Thesis Nanoblogger builder or I’ll build the site for you.

Shoot me an email via the contact form on this site with your purchase information and I’ll get back to you.

Update (29 December 2009):

The WordPress builder now works with addon domains that follow the public_html/ format. I verified that this works with Hostgator.

Keep in mind that this works on an empty domain in the root directory (or the addon directory). Does not work on subdomains.

You’ll need at least 50M of free disk space.

cPanel passwords need to be alphnumeric.


P.S. – It takes 5 minutes or less to get setup

1) Start with an empty, standalone domain – can NOT be an addon domain. – UPDATE: works with addons that follow the public_html/ format such as Hostgator.

2) Enter in your WordPress details; title, tagline, cPanel username, cPanel password, url, first name, email, hosting (hostgator or other), theme (x3 is default these days)

3) Click “Submit”

4) Done



Hi Dave,

Care to elaborate on this comment?

“gets rid of the MAJOR footprint that this setup has”



Hi Joseph,

I can find a lot of sites setup in the nanoblogger fashion with an advanced Google search. The instructions on page 56 leave a footprint.



Hello Dave.
I would like to use your services, but the stand alone domain caused me to shoot this e-mail for clarification. I have a hosting acct with host blue and any domain that I host with them would be an add on domain, therefore, your process can’t be used. I would need to start a new hosting account? Is this what you mean by stand alone domain?

Please let me know. I’m really interested in using your installation service.



Hi Ramon,

Your understanding is correct. By stand alone I mean the files associated with your domain are in the public_html directory. Addon domains are typically in the public_html/ subdirectory.

I’m working on modifying the Wordpress builder to handle addon domains.

Can you confirm for me if host blue uses a public_html/ directory structure? I’m working under the assumption that host blue uses cPanel?

I’ll update if/when I have this working for addon domains.



EDIT: Wordpress builder now works with addon domains that follow the public_html/ format. I verfied this with Hostgator. Not sure what the format is for host blue.


Hi Dave.
I confirmed with Host Blue. the format used by hostgator appears to be the same for host blue.

I’ll send you the pertinent info once i get set and ready.



Hi Dave,

So what info do I need to change on page 56 to avoid the footprint you mention?

I know Peter is not concerned in terms of Google finding footprints because we are doing nothing blackhat. But I guess we don’t want others checking out our NB sites unnecessarily right?

Can you elaborate further please. Thanks




Hi Joseph,

I sent you an email regarding what needs to be changed.


Mr. Reed

Hi Dave,

Would you mind emailing me what needs to be changed as well? Thank you,



Hi Dave,

I’ve already set up some nanoblogger sites but would like to know how to modify my settings to avoid the footprint you mentioned in your post.

I’d appreciate it if you could share it with me by email.

Do you offer your Wordpress Thesis Nanoblogger builder as a separate product for people who already own Thesis?


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